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Guantanamo Bay

It is our belief that the United States of America should sublet Guantanamo Bay Naval Station to the United Nations for creating a Western Hemisphere Complex For Rural Health, Farming and Housing with a New International Airport.

The Complex For Rural Health, Farming and Housing will be a place were small farmers can met with other small farmers away from their toil to share their successes and failure with one another. Farmers will also meet with scientists to share information so that research and practice share basic information that may help each to do better.

Also, at “The Complex” there will be the ability to have rural communities share how they are able to provide healthcare with one another and with medical research scientists and Medical Doctors.

The third leg of this tripod is the housing leg. Rural communities will have a chance to come together to discuss ways to improve housing through discussions about social needs and technical needs. Here too the ability to improve housing is based on improving housing development from those dwellers of rural housing needs and how they see improvement matched with social and technical assistance from around the world.

The United Nations then will step in to provide ways that these group can implement their plans and help to continue to monitor and help bring the participants back together to assess what is working and what needs more work.

Guantanamo Bay “is located in Guantánamo Province at the southeastern end of Cuba (19°54′ N 75°9′ W).” (1)

(1) Wikipedia  -  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guantanamo_Bay

The Rule of Unintended Consequences

Let us take a moment to regroup ourselves and see that just reacting over and over again to the American leaders and their long march that they have forced us to endure is not going to reap many benefit for us and the energy cost of reaction is enormous. This energy lost is large enough to destroy us in the end. So what do we do? What do we do?

The first thing to realize is that our present administration is our greatest helper in achieving our goals because the persistently delusional administration has set out on a course that will in the end destroy itself. They have ignored tragedy because they have no understanding of tragedy. Remember we are lead by the unread President and his under educated followers. The economics of empire assumes its own willing populous and willing peoples of other lands complicit in their own subjugation. These, we already see, are not what reality shows us. We see that the people of the empire are beginning to see the costs of empire that they bear are too large and are unwilling to pay; the subjugated peoples are struggling against the empire increasing the cost to the empire and in turn making it more and more expensive to continue. Perhaps President McKinley may have in some ways succeeded in his generation, but even that too was short lived. Today we find ourselves between Iraq and a hard place. For all the tragedy that is mounting around us we might look to William Shakespeare's little known play Richard III for guidance. There we see the rule of unintended consequences.

I have no answers to give here. I only pray that we stop the long march, sit down and meditate on our future. When the empire conquers the peoples of other lands, both the people that are conquered and the people of the empire starve.

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Iran the New War"Blair tells Tehran: 'Stay out of our business in Iraq'" reads the Independent in its online editon.

It seems that it will just a matter of time before the Bloody Baroness Blair leads the way for Mr. Bush to lead. Blair has had his taste of blood and now knows the feeling of power over life and death especially for the Labor party members.

Hubris is the only redeemable feature left to Blair. A week back the BBC reported "Last week, in his Labour Party conference speech, Mr Blair did not hint at a date for his retirement, which he says will be before the next election, but he heaped praise on Mr Brown's record as chancellor.

Ahead of his speech, wife Cherie laughed off suggestions she would soon miss her role as prime minister's spouse, telling the BBC: "Darling that is a long way in the future. It is too far ahead for me to even think about."

The Independent reported, "The Prime Minister conceded that there was no proof yet of Iranian involvement. He also admitted he had been caught out by the way the allegations, which have been discussed in private by British officials, had surfaced at a time when President Talabani was on a visit to London, and hardliners in Washington were pushing for punitive action to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear programme.

But he insisted: "What is clear is that there has been new explosive devices used, not just against British troops, but elsewhere in Iraq.There you have it. It seems another War is on the way as power corrupts absolutely.

 

Defaulting on United States Government Obligation

The ongoing attempts to remove the United States Government from its Social Security Obligations has been Walls Street’s way of maintaining the repayment of U S Government Bond obligations and guarantees to subsidized corporate programs at the expense of working Americans.

 

Wall Street and the world know the without this legerdemain the establishment money will be forced to take up new citizenship in some country that will protect them from the taxes that will be due for all the extraordinary benefits that have accreted to them over the past decades of shifting taxes to future United States of America balance sheets.

As with all over extended balance sheets, there will be a need to readjust the payment schedule of The United States Treasury and other guaranteed government obligations, so that these obligations can be repaid at least on paper and these continued payments will be scheduled to avoid default. Since that repayment schedule is based on the ability of taxpayers to pay (the government’s full faith and credit is based on that concept,) the removal of mandatory saving for retirement and disability will make it easier to make the tax payment come from the working American by the substituting principal (that is one that makes the cost up front seems like a savings while loading the intermediate and longer term with much higher that normal costs.)

 

The financial people benefit from this legerdemain through the use of fees up front, transaction costs along the way and a back end by refinancing debt with more up front fees.

This of course with the secured debt guaranteed with the full faith and credit of the United States government, which is the working American.

 

So what do say working Americans? It’s it about time for those who have been so lucky to be riding on your shoulders get down from there and give you a break for awhile by paying for all the benefits that have inured to them while we were working so damned hard to make end meet over the last decades.


The Great War For Civilisation Robert Fisk's book we are told is about 'journalists in war: of their attempts to report the first, impartial drafts of history, to monitor the centers of power, to challenge authority (“especially . . . when governments and politicians take us to war”) and to battle an increasingly partisan worldwide media in their determination to report the truth,' as states the publisher. It seems to be one book that has integrity if only because of the author's sterling reputation.

How many Jelly Beans are in the jar? US forced to import bullets from Israel as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington (Independent.co.uk)
Published: 25 September 2005

US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed - that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand. As a result the US is having to import supplies from Israel.
A government report says that US forces are now using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition a year. The total has more than doubled in five years, largely as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as changes in military doctrine.

Syria in The Independent UK "The question is now how the world should respond. The most important task for the international community is to establish criminal guilt for this reprehensible act of state-sponsored murder. The Hariri affair must not be co-opted as a political tool by vested interests. Israel is a long-standing enemy of Syria. So too is the US, which accuses Syria of allowing foreign fighters to flood across its borders into Iraq. Both must allow the UN to take the lead in this affair."

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